36 days in Greece Itinerary

36 days in Greece Itinerary

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36 days in Greece Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Mykonos Town, Mykonos
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Paros
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Thessaloniki
— 2 nights
4
Kalambaka
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h
5
Monemvasia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Nafplio
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Athens
— 5 nights
subway + Fly:  2​h 45​min
8
Heraklion, Crete
— 2 nights
ferry:  2​h 15​min
9
Oia, Santorini
— 4 nights
Drive:  7​h
10
Delos
— 3 nights
11
Delos
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  33​h
End: Melbourne

2
nights
Mykonos Town, Mykonos

Mykonos Town ©
A holiday in Mykonos Town offers a chance to relax on picturesque beaches and explore a labyrinth of charming streets lined with traditional white houses.
You've added Delos Tour, Lola Bar-Cafe, Gioras Wood Medieval Mykonian Bakery, and other attractions to your itinerary. Little Venice and Agios Nikolakis Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Paraportiani Church and Virgin of St. Rosary. There's much more to do: enjoy the sea views from Armenistis Lighthouse, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint George, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Mykonos Brewing Company, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kapari Beach.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Mykonos Town tour itinerary planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Mykonos Town is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is minus 8 hours. When traveling from Melbourne in September, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Mykonos Town: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Paros.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trips

Mykonos, Armenistis Lighthouse
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Paraportiani Church ©
Paraportiani Church
Armenistis Lighthouse ©
Armenistis Lighthouse
Little Venice ©
Little Venice

3
nights
Paros

Paros ©
Long ignored by tourists because of its reputation as a plain ferry hub, Paros today serves as one of the Aegean's major holiday destinations, luring travelers with its fashionable resort towns and quaint mountain villages.
On your second day here, delve into the distant past at Delion Sanctuary of Apollo & Artemis, look for gifts at Memories Jewellery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Panayia Ekatondapiliani Cathedral, then get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum Parou, then take in the waterfront activity at Old Port of Naoussa, and finally steep yourself in history at Lefkes.

For traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Paros sightseeing planner.

Drive from Mykonos Town to Paros in 3 hours. In September, daytime highs in Paros are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Thessaloniki.

Things to do in Paros

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Panayia Ekatondapiliani Cathedral ©
Panayia Ekatondapiliani Cathedral
Parikia Town ©
Parikia Town
Lefkes ©
Lefkes

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Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki ©
A city with a stormy history and a cosmopolitan heart, Thessaloniki attracts visitors with its diverse culinary scene, dynamic nightlife, and youthful energy.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Seikilo, take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Macedonian Struggle, get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Pella, then see the interesting displays at Gerovassilou Wine Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Agia Aikaterini. Keep things going the next day: stroll the grounds of Zeitenlik, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Panagia Acheiropoietos, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Byzantine Culture, take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, then see the interesting displays at Hellenic Pharmaceutical Museum, and finally explore the ancient world of Eptapyrgio Castle.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Thessaloniki road trip planning website .

Getting from Paros to Thessaloniki by combination of bus and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Paros in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Thessaloniki, with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kalambaka.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Gerovassilou Wine Museum, Zeitenlik, Hellenic Pharmaceutical Museum, Archaeological Museum of Pella
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Museum of the Macedonian Struggle ©
Museum of the Macedonian Struggle
Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki ©
Hagios Demetrios ©
Hagios Demetrios

2
nights
Kalambaka

Kalambaka ©
The gateway to one of the largest monastery complexes in Greece, the small town of Kalambaka nestles against a landscape of imposing rock formations rising 400 m (1,300 ft) into the air. Nearly leveled during World War II, the town rebuilt and reinvented itself in the post-war period, quickly becoming one of the region's major travel destinations.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): snap pictures at Palaiokarya’s Stone Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Porta Panagia, don't miss a visit to Koursoum Mosque, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Meteora, then see the interesting displays at Geological Formation Museum of Meteora, and finally examine the collection at Digital Projection Centre of Meteora’s History and Culture. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Hellenic Culture Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada), take in the spiritual surroundings of Agios Stefanos, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of the Great Meteoron, then contemplate the long history of Roussanou Monastery, and finally see the interesting displays at Monastery of Agiou Nikolaou, Metsovo.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kalambaka vacation planning tool .

Traveling by car from Thessaloniki to Kalambaka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect little chillier evenings in Kalambaka when traveling from Thessaloniki in September, with lows around 15°C. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Monemvasia.

Things to do in Kalambaka

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Trikala, Metsovo, Porta Panagia
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 20:
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Meteora ©
Meteora
Monastery of the Great Meteoron ©
Monastery of the Great Meteoron
Roussanou Monastery ©
Roussanou Monastery

3
nights
Monemvasia

Monemvasia ©
Monemvasia is a town and a municipality in Laconia, Greece. On the 20th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Agios Pavlos. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of Hrisafittisa, get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Collection of Monemvasia, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Christ in Chains (Christos Elkomenos), then pause for some serene contemplation at Agia Sofia Church, then step into the grandiose world of Monemvasia Fortress, and finally steep yourself in history at Liotrivi Historical Mansion.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Monemvasia road trip app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kalambaka to Monemvasia. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Nafplio.

Things to do in Monemvasia

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Gytheio, Velies, Castle of Geraki
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Agia Sofia Church ©
Agia Sofia Church
Castle of Geraki ©
Castle of Geraki

4
nights
Nafplio

Nafplio ©
Nafplio, a city famed for its narrow lanes and elegant architecture, provides a comfortable base for exploring the many surrounding ancient sites.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Archaeological Museum of Nauplion and Fortress Palamidi. Get some historical perspective at Mystras and Archaeological Site Mycenae. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nafplio: Corinth (Archea Korinthos, Archaeological Museum of Corinth, & more), The Great Theatre of Epidaurus (in Epidavros) and Moni Osiou Patapiou (in Loutraki). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Nauplion Promenade, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Panaghia, steep yourself in history at Bourtzi, and stop by TASTE3.

Before you visit Nafplio, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Monemvasia to Nafplio in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Nafplio can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Athens.

Things to do in Nafplio

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Corinth, The Great Theatre of Epidaurus, Archaeological Site Mycenae, Moni Osiou Patapiou, Archaelogical site of Nemea
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 27:
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The Great Theatre of Epidaurus ©
The Great Theatre of Epidaurus
Fortress Palamidi ©
Fortress Palamidi
Mystras ©
Mystras

5
nights
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Appreciate the collections at National Archaeological Museum and Acropolis Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Temple of Poseidon and Temple of Hephaestus. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll around Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre, get engrossed in the history at Ancient Agora of Athens, appreciate the history behind Erechtheion, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Philopappos Hill.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Athens online trip builder .

Getting from Nafplio to Athens by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Nafplio in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Athens, with lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Heraklion.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre, Temple of Poseidon
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Temple of Hephaestus ©
Temple of Hephaestus

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nights
Heraklion, Crete

Heraklion ©
Crete's largest city, Heraklion remains best known for its proximity to a sprawling Bronze Age archaeological site, once the center of a vanished Minoan civilization.
Museum-lovers will get to explore The Natural History Museum of Crete and Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete. Get some historical perspective at Palace of Faistos and Kera Kardiotissa Monastery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Heraklion: Wooden Museum (in Axos), Kurtes (in Zaros) and Thirathen Museum of Musical Instruments (in Krousonas). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at The Palace of Knossos, explore the world behind art at Church and the Museum of St. Aikaterini, explore the galleries of Vasiliki Agios Markos Municipal Art Gallery, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Moni Palianis.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Heraklion online attractions planner .

Traveling by combination of subway and flight from Athens to Heraklion takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Heraklion are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Oia.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Kurtes, Thirathen Museum of Musical Instruments, Winery Stilianou, Moni Palianis, Wooden Museum
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 4:
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The Natural History Museum of Crete ©
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Palace of Faistos ©
Palace of Faistos

4
nights
Oia, Santorini

Oia ©
Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
Get some cultural insight at Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos and Venetsanos Winery. Shop till you drop at MATI Art Gallery and Mnemossyne Gallery. Change things up with these side-trips from Oia: Monastery of Profitis Ilias (in Moni Profitou Iliou), Tomato Industrial Museum (in Vlychada) and Akrotiri (Akrotiri & SYMPOSION by La Ponta). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, explore the historical opulence of Byzantine Castle Ruins, learn about winemaking at Artemis Karamolegos Winery, and contemplate the waterfront views at Amoudi Bay.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Oia journey builder site .

Getting from Heraklion to Oia by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Delos.

Things to do in Oia

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Fira, Pyrgos, Akrotiri, Art Space, Panagia Theoskepasti Chapel
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Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos ©
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos
Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist ©

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Delos

Delos ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Archaeological Site of Delos. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind Temple of Isis, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Kynthos, delve into the distant past at Avenue of the Lions, get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Delos, then make a trip to Cleopatra's House, and finally explore the ancient world of House of Dionysus.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Delos trip planner.

Traveling by car from Oia to Delos takes 7 hours. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in October, and nighttime lows around 20°C. You'll set off for Delos on the 11th (Fri).

Things to do in Delos

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Archaeological Site of Delos ©
Archaeological Site of Delos
House of Masks ©
House of Masks
Archaeological Museum of Delos ©
Archaeological Museum of Delos

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nights
Delos

Delos
To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Delos tour planner .

You'll set off for home on the 13th (Sun).

Things to do in Delos

Historic Sites Tours Parks
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